Last night I received a mail from Alex Wilks – Avaaz.org email@example.com:
Dear friends across Europe,
In days, the European Commission will try a last ditch attempt to revive ACTA. But if we intervene now this global attack on Internet freedom will collapse.
We are so close to winning — our 2.4 million strong petition has stunned politicians across Europe and halted the censors. Now the European Commission is on the back foot and hoping the Court of Justice will give ACTA the greenlight by presenting a very narrow legal question that is sure to receive a positive answer.
But if we all raise our voices now we can ensure the Court looks at all the legal impacts of ACTA, and releases an opinion that tells the truth about ACTA’s attack on our rights. Sign the urgent petition to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso to call on the Court to tell the whole truth:
The European Commission spent five years negotiating ACTA in secret with corporations, but in the last five weeks we’ve blown the ACTA debate into the open. Now the Commission is fighting to keep ACTA alive by getting the blessing of the EU’s highest court. The Commission, well-versed in bureaucratic dodges, may only present the court with a narrow question, preventing it from assessing ACTA’s impacts on our freedom of expression, privacy and democracy.
We’ve forced governments in Poland, Germany, Bulgaria and other countries to freeze ratification. And now, if we win this battle in the European Commission, we can stop ACTA for good. If the EU does not ratify, ACTA will never become a global agreement and negotiators will have to go back to the drawing board to produce a treaty that stops genuine abuses but protects our rights.
Let’s urgently call on the Commission and Court to give ACTA a full and fair hearing, andmake sure the whole truth about this threat to our fundamental freedoms is revealed. Sign now and send this to everyone:
Millions of us joined together to fight for Internet freedom and stop the US censorship laws. We won, but now this threat is back on a global scale with ACTA. We’ve done what no one thought we could and stopped the treaty’s march to ratification. Let’s finish what we started and beat back ACTA, for good!
With hope and determination,
Alex, Pascal, Laura, Alice, Ricken, Dalia, Diego and the whole Avaaz team
PS. Check out the media coverage of our 2.4 million strong petition delivery to the European Parliament on Tuesday — we caused quite a stir!
Activists present anti-ACTA petition to EU (Associated Press)
Anti ACTA petition hits European Parliament (The Inquirer)
ACTA opponents present 2 million petition to EU (Washington Post)
ACTA approval stalled by European commission (Guardian):
Acta: EU court to rule on anti-piracy agreement (BBC):
EU suspends ACTA ratification (Euractiv):
EU To Refer ACTA To Top Court (Wall St Journal):
FAQ on Commission Referral of ACTA to the CJEU (Access Now):
What makes ACTA so controversial (EDRI):